Customer Service Events and Community Engagement
The City's customer service counters at the Civic Centre at 61 Broun Avenue Morley is now open 8.30am – 4.30pm weekdays.
We have cancelled all events and programs for the near future. We have also cancelled all face-to-face community engagement activities.
You can still take part in community engagement online, here.
We will continue to monitor the situation with the best interests of our community and staff in mind.
Bayswater Waves and The RISE
The City's three libraries at Bayswater, Maylands and Morley are now open. Visitors can loan and return items, access computers and limited customer services.
If you don't wish to come in - members can still access a whole range of library services online. Click below to find out more.
Both Bayswater Waves and The RISE are now open.
Find out more here.
Council and other meetings
Both Bayswater and Morley Community Centre will reopen on July 1 following the State Government's announcement to ease COVID-19 restrictions through Phase 4 of the WA roadmap.
The Community Centres will reopen with many scheduled activities including walking groups, bowls, yoga and more recommencing.
Measures will remain in place to ensure the safety of older adults and selected activities that cannot comply with approproate social distancing will remain on hold until further notice.
Stay up to date by visiting the City's page on Coronavirus COVID-19
We don’t want our existing community members to be disadvantaged in any way so Council will consider waiving fees payable by its current members for six months as part of its 2020/21 Budget.
The City's budget
Council meetings will now be taking place remotely via Zoom.
If you wish to provide a deputation, please put it in writing and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1pm the day of the relevant meeting. If you wish to present verbally, please contact us. Find out about Deputations here.
Public Question Time
Public Question Time submissions must be submitted in writing to email@example.com by 1pm the day of the relevant meeting and will be read and answers provided after the meeting. Find out about Public Question Time here.
If you wish to listen to the audio recordings of any Council Meetings you can do so here.
The City has cancelled all other non-essential meetings based on the Federal Government's advice.
Justice of the Peace
We are mindful of the pressure the escalating situation is putting on household budgets and last night agreed to investigate a zero rate revenue increase.
The City has allocated $75,000 from its current budget to deal with the crisis.
Working from home
RAJWA's Justice of the Peace Service, hosted by the City, is now cancelled.
We will review this as events unfold.
If you're temporarily working from home because of the Coronavirus and your normal work place is not at home, you do not need a home office registration from the City.
A home office registration is required for people who are self-employed and work from home on a permanent basis. A home office registration is free and can be obtained by completing and submitting the home office registration form to the City via the link below:
Home occupations and home businesses which entail customers coming to your property (eg. a home beauty business) still require planning approval. For further information please contact the City's Development Approvals on 9272 0921.
Rangers and Security
The establishment of a community care team is part of our aim to connect the most isolated and vulnerable in our community.
City staff, including Casuals currently make up the Community Care team. Their current purpose is to call our Community Centre's program for older adults 800+ members to check that they continue to have appropriate supports in place and help them understand any changes that are happening.
In response to the most frequent questions asked by our community in relation to services for seniors, we have created an information booklet. We will update this on a regular basis.
We also know that there any many wonderful people in our community who would like to do their bit to help. While we don't yet have a need for extra volunteers, we're creating a register to ensure anyone who wants to assist, can, if the time comes. Please hold tight, as we will only be getting in touch as the need to engage volunteers arises. At the moment, we are getting by with the assistance of staff.
If you'd like to be added to the register, please fill out the form below.
Playgrounds, skateparks and community exercise equipment
The City's Rangers and Security team are running as normal.
You can still reach our team over the phone here.
Support for community groups and clubs
All playgrounds, community exercise equipment and skateparks in the City of Bayswater are now open.
Financial Hardship Policy
The City has waived rental payments for the next six months (1 April to 30 September) for community groups, clubs and organisations who lease City buildings. You do not need to apply for this, the changes will be automatically applied. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Mental Health and Community Support University of Notre Dame - Online Survey about the impacts of COVID-19 on "body and mind"
The City’s COVID Advisory Committee recently recommended Council adopt a Financial Hardship Policy that recognises the financial stress facing vulnerable ratepayers and provides flexibility in the payment of rates and service charges. The policy is part of the City’s longer term strategy to assist ratepayers and debtors who experience financial hardship. Find out more.
Not all adverse health outcomes of COVID-19 were caused by the virus
The Western Australian government reacted quickly to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic by implementing isolation restrictions to limit viral spread within the community. The success of this strategy in minimising the viral infection and associated deaths is reflected in the national statistics. These statistics however do not show the impact of the enforced lockdown on the wider community’s physical and mental well-being. Evidence reported elsewhere suggests the lockdown resulted in changes in sedentary behaviours, alcohol consumption, diet, physical activity, and mental health and has led to calls for greater health promotion efforts.
The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the Western Australian community is largely unknown. To address this shortfall, researchers at The University of Notre Dame Australia are inviting Western Australians over the age of 18 year to complete an online survey to provide insights on how the COVID-19 lockdown impacted on their “body and mind”. The outcomes of the study will help inform development and delivery of health promotional activities at state and local government level should WA be impacted by a second wave of the virus or similar emergency. This state government funded survey can be found here and takes about 20 minutes to complete.